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State Legislatures Magazine

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On Shaky Ground

Urgent infrastructure needs are straining public resources. We examine the policies, planning frameworks and new funding approaches states are using to improve infrastructure systems in four vital areas.

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Staying in the Game

With record low unemployment, it pays to help injured and ill workers get back to work quickly. 

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MAGAZINE

State Legislatures Magazine

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Learning From the Best

States look to international examples to build world-class education systems.

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Moving Mountains

Six things to consider when updating your K-12 school finance formulas. 

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Leaders, Please Report to the Principal's Office

Today's principal is less a school boss and more a supportive leader.

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Past Issues

Looking for a previous issue? Find links to the table of contents of each issue of State Legislatures magazine back through January 2013.

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Freshman Class | Online Only

We asked some freshman legislators to reflect on what they've learned so far during their first term in office.

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Staff Snapshots | Online Only

We're asking legislative staff to tell us about their jobs and why they went to work in the legislature in this series of interviews.

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Volume 45, No. 5 | Download the Magazine

STORIES

Learning From the Best
States look to international examples to build
world-class education systems.

Moving Mountains
States that have accomplished the daunting task of updating their K-12 school formulas offer lessons to others.

Leaders, Please Report to the Principal's Office
The role of principal has changed from
authoritarian administrator to supportive leader.

Tax Break Tug-of-War
States continue to lure big employers with tax incentives, despite mixed evidence on their success.

Staying in the Game
With record low unemployment, lawmakers
want to help injured and ill workers get back
on the job quickly.

DEPARTMENTS

New Officers
Meet NCSL President Robin Vos and Staff Chair Martha Wigton.

Inside NCSL
A message from Tim Storey, NCSL's new executive director. 

Trends
Surprise billing, energy-efficient schools, election preview, clean versus renewable energy.

Highlights From Summit
Plus Legislative Staff Award winners.

On Record
Dolly Parton discusses books, her dad and her boundless energy in this Q&A from the Legislative Summit.

Stateline
The brighter side of legislative news.

Innovations
Having another job back home may be essential to a lawmaker’s ability to serve.

StateStats
Good news! The infant mortality rate is dropping.

Newsmakers
What’s happening under the domes.

Ethics: Yes, No, Maybe So
What does separation of powers matter to ethics?

The Final Word
New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf.